Bulimia - Complications 

Complications of bulimia 

There are a number of physical complications associated with bulimia.

These can include any of the following:

  • Dental problems. Persistent vomiting can cause your stomach acid to damage the enamel on your teeth, which may lead to tooth decay. Excessive vomiting can also cause bad breath and a sore throat.
  • Irregular periods. Your menstrual cycle can become unpredictable or even stop altogether. You may also find it difficult to become pregnant in the future.
  • Poor skin and hair. A lack of nutrients through persistent vomiting or laxative use can make your skin and hair unhealthy. Your skin and hair can become dry and your fingernails can become brittle.
  • Swollen glands. If you have bulimia, your saliva glands can become swollen from frequent vomiting. This makes your face appear rounder.
  • Chemical imbalance. Excessive vomiting and laxative use can cause chemical imbalances in your body. This can result in tiredness, weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, kidney damage, convulsions (fits) and muscle spasms.
  • Bowel problems. Excessive use of laxatives can damage your bowel muscles, resulting in permanent constipation.
  • Heart problems. Long-term complications of bulimia can include an increased risk of heart problems. 

Page last reviewed: 22/04/2012

Next review due: 22/04/2014

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